Banned on the Run: 20 Shocking Classic Album Covers [NSFW]
Join us as we take a look at 20 of the most shocking, banned classic album covers of all time.
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs (1974)
Shifting away from his alien Ziggy Stardust image, David Bowie took the form of a half-man, half-dog for the gatefold cover of Diamond Dogs. To some people's dismay, when the original cover was unfolded the dog's anatomy was featured in all its glory. To Bowie-dog's dismay, the troublesome bits were excised in the revised cover. Nuts.
Great White - Hooked (1991)
For their fifth full-length, Hooked, the consummate gentlemen in Great White chose a design of a naked woman straddling a large hook being hoisted from the sea. Following objections, the cover was reprinted so that the model and hook were partially submerged in the ocean. Well played, sirs.
Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987)
Welcome to the bungle. When retailers took exception to the robot rapist scene on the original cover of GN’R’s Appetite for Destruction, the band opted to go with the far more tasteful, and now-classic, cross-and-skulls design.
Hurricane - Slave to the Thrill (1990)
The enigmatic cover art for Hurricane’s third album featured a naked woman sitting on a biomechanical, H.R. Geiger–style machine seat/penetrator. This unnerved enough people for Hurricane to remove the woman altogether from the scene in all additional pressings.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (1968)
For this classic double-album, Hendrix originally wanted his label, Reprise, to use a photo of his band surrounded by children in front of the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in NY’s Central Park. The label didn’t go for it, and pressed the album with a blurry red-and-yellow shot of Hendrix instead. A third version also went to print that U.S. audiences didn’t see. Released in the U.K. and Germany, it featured a harem of naked women.
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968)
Is it really surprising that no one wanted to look at two naked, hairy hippies, even if one (guess who) ranks among the best songwriters of all time?
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